Old Sparky

Josh Saphier

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I created this drink for a bar called Eighteen36 in Houston, TX. 1836 is the year Houston was founded, so all of the cocktails had back stories tied to the city or state.Texas has a history when it comes to capital punishment, they account for more than a third of the national total since the early 80’s. The most infamous way was death by electric chair. Texas and several other states referred to the chair as “Old Sparky. '' This gin based cocktail is “bitter ‘til the end” and even sparks your lips while you sip through pop rocks on the rim. Highclere gin, Cynar, Chambord, lemon juice and Peychaud's bitters.


1½ oz. Highclere Castle Gin

¾ oz. Cynar

¾ oz. Lemon juice

½ Chambord

2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters

Cooking crystals or Pop Rocks (for rimming)


Wet half the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge, dip or sprinkle pop rocks over wet area. Add all liquid ingredients into cocktail shaker, ice, shake, strain into coupe or martini glass with pop rock rim.

Tools required: Shaker tins, jigger, hawthorne strainer

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